Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Floor Stand for hand quilting or rug hooking from Barnett's Laptop Hoops

For "Shameless Self Promotion Day" I want to share my Floor Stand / Lap Frame set up with the group.  I redesigned this stand back in 2012 and oh my has it taken off as a success story.  The feedback has been outstanding.  I posted my customer reviews below the pictures.  When I designed the stand, I wanted a simple, easy to use design that was well-made and perfectly balanced. ( I noticed other stands seem to be too light-weight and tippy.)  I also kept it easy to assemble and take apart as there is only 5 pieces that easily bolt together with those "easy-turn" knobs.  What started out as a functional floor stand has become a piece of fine furniture for many.

Product Description

Barnett's Floor Stand Base
  • Adjustable Height - The floor stand has an adjustable height bar. The top frame will extend up to 38" in height.  Find the ideal height for sitting in your favorite chair and set the height with one Easy Turn Knob and bolt.
  • Tilts & Spins - It has the same features as our other models that tilt and spin. One oversized knob adjusts the angle of the frame and a lazy susan spinner controls the rotation.
  • Removable - The top lap frame is removable since we have installed a magnetic plate that attaches to the lazy susan spinner.
  • Interchangeable - The frame is interchangeable with any other size Original Design, Vented or Rug Hooking lap frames that we sell. Pop off the top frame and pop on another size. (Other sizes sold seperately.)
  • NO TOOLS REQUIRED - The entire frame can be assembled or break down easily. In addition, it can fold up to a low profile for easy storage.  Watch our video to see how quickly it goes together.


Product Reviews

  1. Handsome Stand is Art Itself

    Posted by Unknown on 1st Jan 2015
    I have my new floor stand and hoop loaded with my latest project in the living room. It easily slides under my chair for hand-stitching whenever I have a few minutes or more. The stand is beautifully crafted and easily adjusts in height for me to sit in various places according to the best light of the day. The overall design reflects smart engineering and simplicity of construction, making this a perfect addition to our Craftsman home.

  2. Feel like a Quilter

    Posted by Janet Joyner on 31st Dec 2014
    As a beginner I have been struggling with perfecting the technique of hand quilting. Along with my "Aunt Becky" My new hoop and floor stand are the answers I have been looking for. My stitches are improving, becoming uniform and smaller each day. I love my Barnett products. Great quality and I loved the video showing how to put it together. Thank you Harry.

  3. Another beautiful and functional product!

    Posted by Vanessa on 5th Oct 2014
    I am a new hand quilter. After ordering the 14 in square vented hoop and being amazed by the quality, I decided to go ahead and order the stand as well.
    As another reviewer stated, the difference in having the stand is amazing! It is so much easier to quilt this way, since the height is adjustable. The magnets on the back of the hoop make it so easy to attach to the rotating top of the stand.
    It helps you keep the correct posture while quilting, your back and neck will thank you!
    Again, the craftsmanship is beautiful! This stand also looks great as a piece of furniture, without a quilt in it. The finish is smooth and beautifully stained.
    I highly recommend this stand if you are planning on ordering one of Harry's hoops or already own one. It is definitely worth the price and will make your (quilting) life a lot easier!

  4. Great hoop and Stand

    Posted by Peggy on 3rd Aug 2014
    I've found quilting a large piece very awkward and hot. SO I bit the bullet and ordered one of Harry's round 16" hoops. I love it because I can get my hand right in there to feel my needle without having to hold up a heavy quilt! BUT I'm only 5'2" and it was very large for the short length of my lap. SO once again I splurged and bought the stand. Oh my goodness, the difference that made. I love being able to turn the hoop in whatever direction I need too and let it stay from day to day on the stand. Right now I'm hand quilting a large, heavy t-shirt quilt but my next project is a small baby cross stitch quilt. I know Harry's stand will be versitile enough for most things I do. NOW practicallity aside, the work is beautiful. The cutting, the sanding, the staining is all excellant. I could not have spent my money in a better way. I'm 67 years old and this stand has made my quilting so much easier. I know I can pass the stand down to my daughters because it will be around much longer than I will! :)) Thanks Harry!!

  5. Quality Floor Stand

    Posted by Unknown on 8th May 2014
    The stand is beautiful! I can't wait to get a piece in it. The finish is so fine. The natural look is so rich. The stand was easy to assemble and looks great in the living room!!

 Hopefully these step by step pictures will show just how easy it is to
assemble and break down for storage.

 Step 2 - Remove the Tilt Arm.  It is held in place with one 5 star knob and a bolt.


Step 3 - Loosen up the lower Easy Turn T-knob and remove the top T-knob.

 Step 4 - Now remove the two Star Knobs on the back plate and gently pull the plate off the stand.

Step 5 - Now remove the locking bolt as seen below. This will allow the height adjustment leg to pivot down into the front support legs for easy storage. 



It should be a simple process that takes a minute or two tops.  To assemble the frame, just reverse the process.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Thread Catcher Instructions for your Barnett's Thread Caddy

Check out what Nel made for all of us. Over the last couple months Nel and I and a group of quilters on Facebook have been designing many new items for quilting. Nel and I have been emailing each other, trying to improve on a couple designs and in her spare time she came up with this unique thread catcher bag and wanted to share it with you. Thank you Nel! This is awesome!!! Mini Thread Caddy with a built in thread cutter and Thread Heaven.
In addition to this Thread Catcher she helped design a new

Instructions for Thread Catcher for Barnett’s Laptop Hoop Sewing Caddy
Sewing pattern by Nel Eyre (

Barnett’s Thread Caddy(Note: The thread caddy pictured with the pattern was a prototype/early model)  Usual sewing kit.
 Fabric: A fat quarter is more than adequate. Two contrasting fabrics are particularly effective; in which case each piece needs to be about 7" x 18" (a fat eighth)
 Mouse mat. You could use a piece of cork mat, but it’s a bit more fiddly to fit. Wadding/batting could be used. However, this is a bit lightweight and less stable.
 Two four inch pieces of braid, grosgrain ribbon or even rope for straps; these could also be made from fabric scraps.
 Freezer paper or card to make master pattern. It is possible to make this by simply drawing directly onto the fabric.
Collect together everything you need.
Draw around Caddy onto freezer paper. Create a second line about ¼" away from this line. I used a ‘magic ¼’ wheel, but a suitably sized button or a machine bobbin will do the job. The first line is the sewing line; the second line in the cutting line.

Cut out:
For single fabric
1 x circle the exact size of caddy from the mouse mat, using old scissors
2 x circles in fabric from paper pattern. Be careful to cut on cutting line!
4 x 4 ½" squares of fabric
2 straps, if required.

For a reversible bag
1 x circle the exact size of caddy from the mouse mat, using old scissors
1 x circle in fabric 1
1 x circle in fabric 2
2 x 4 ½" squares in fabric 1
2 x 4 ½" squares in fabric 2
2 straps, if required.

To make the bag
The following instructions are for the reversible bag, using two contrasting fabrics. If only using one fabric, proceed without reference to second fabric.
Optional straps: Take a rectangle of fabric 2 ½" wide by about 6" long. Place long edges together, right sides inwards and sew a ¼" seam. Turn through, press well, and cut into two pieces.

Sandwich the strap ends between two contrasting squares, placed right-sides together and stitch, using a ¼" seam.
Press seams open.

Stitch the other two pieces together and press.
Place the two pieces right sides together and stitch all round, leaving about an inch open for turning. Clip corners to reduce bulk.

To square out the base of the bag:
Pick up one corner and align the bottom seam with the side seam. (It helps if you open the seams) Measure ½" from the point and mark. Sew straight across the corner. Trim to 1/8" to reduce bulk.
Repeat with the other three corners.
[I find it easier to set the machine to sew forwards from the centre, then back up to the edge and then forward to the seam again. This seems to prevent the fabric disappearing through the footplate and creating a bird’s nest on the back.]

Turn the bag through; ladder-stitch the opening and press carefully. It is worth being picky at this point if you wish to make the bag reversible. Align all the seams and poke out the corners. Make sure the top is neat and the straps tidy.
Now to make the mat.

For the Mat
Place the outside coloured fabric circle face up and then place the completed bag, right side up, on top, with the straps overlapping the edge by an equal amount. Put a pin through each to stop them shifting. [I also put a pin into the bag to keep it still and out of the way of the next steps. It is most aggravating to find it caught in the stitching!]
Set the second fabric on top and stitch all the way round, leaving a fairly large gap to turn through and insert the mat. I sew a second time over the straps for security, and back stitch at the other end. The next bit is a bit ‘brutal’ so I don’t want anything to come unstitched.

Turn through, and press thoroughly.
Now. Roll the mouse mat circle into a tube and poke it through the hole you have left in the side of the mat. Let it open with the base side uppermost and carefully flatten it right up to the seam.
Be patient, here. It WILL go, but it is a very tight fit. If you really must, trim a minimal amount to make it lie flat, but your fabric will stretch a little, especially on the bias, and it looks smarter the tighter fit it is.
Close the opening with ladder stitch and press again. The mouse mat will soften, temporarily, with the heat of the iron, but I haven’t had one melt (yet), and it seems to snuggle it into the edges nicely.
Your thread catcher is complete. Turn the mat over and the bag through for a completely different look. It will protect your table from scratches, and it also makes a fine mug mat. I use my bag for my phone, on occasion, too.